Budget Friendly Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Update

Is there an area in your home that you HATE? An area that you’re really not fond of spending too much time in because it’s just flat out ugly? For me this was my kitchen. I needed to update at least a few of the surfaces to break up the brown, but I had a $3500 budget. This barely covered the cost of granite.  What was I going to do?  I was going to research the most BUDGET FRIENDLY MODERN FARMHOUSE KITCHEN UPDATE ideas and decide which ones we could use.

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Update

My kitchen was a sea of brown;  brown countertops, brown tile, brown cabinets, you get the point. With 85 square feet of counter top (FYI this is a lot), I didn’t know if we could even afford to make any changes. Here are a few before pics so you can get a visual;

After calling a few people to get some quotes, I thought if we purchased the cheapest granite, we might have a chance at a CHEAP KITCHEN REMODEL.

There were a few things I needed (ok I didn’t need them, but I really wanted them) in order to get my Modern Farmhouse Kitchen.

  • white backsplash; could be tile, shiplap, or any type of wood
  • solid surface countertop; I really wanted marble, but I knew it wasn’t in the budget
  • change the color of the cabinets
  • update the fixtures, plumbing and hardware
  • remove the “step up bar” and make one solid surface bar area

Could I do all this for under five thousand dollars? YES! I did it for under four thousand actually.

I was thrilled when I  found a contractor that would install the lowest grade of granite for $3200. He also added the removal of the step up bar in the cost!  YESSSS, ok my modern farmhouse kitchen is a possibility!

Because I painted the whole house in a light grayish blue or grey tone, I knew I needed to choose a granite to “tie” the kitchen in with the rest of the colors.

I chose a color called SANTA CECILIA LIGHT. This was the lowest grade granite (the only one that fit the budget), but quite frankly, I couldn’t tell the difference between the different grades.

Here is what the bar looked like after they removed the counter tops and cut the bar top down:

Next comes the granite…

I was thrilled with the NEW GRANITE, but I had a freak out moment because the rest of my kitchen was still ugly, boring, and BROWN.  I HAD to find a way to get rid of the brown, and CHEAP.

I really wanted a brick backsplash, but after pricing it, I was discouraged…still too expensive. Then I had an AHA moment.

I saw a lot of people on Instagram and Pinterest use BEAD BOARD as a BACKSPLASH.

After looking into it, I could cover ALL the panels you see in the picture above with bead board AND use it as a backsplash too for about $100! YAYYYY it’s a winner.

Since my style is more a COTTAGE/FARMHOUSE STYLE anyway, any sort of board (shiplap, bead board, board and batten) fits right in!

modern farmhouse kitchen

Last thing I did was paint my kitchen Island white and the rest of the cabinets gray. I knew I needed to tie in all the white from the bead board, so I thought what better way than to paint my island.

To see the post on Painting Laminate cabinets with NO prep work click here.

So here are my totals:

  • $3200 granite install and removal of old countertop with bar cut down- this included new sink and new faucet
  • $100 bead board
  • $350 Install of bead board
  • $50 new hardware
  • $100 paint

$3800 TOTAL! I know my budget was $3500, but the BEAD BOARD install was a little more than expected. Either way, I’m thrilled to have a “new kitchen.”

Here is the unveiling of the final product:

You can see more of the DIY Industrial Pendant Light makeover above the sink HERE.  If you’re interested in the DIY Board and Batten off the hallway next to the kitchen click HERE.

I was pleased to create an almost new kitchen for under four thousand dollars. Sometimes it takes a little research and creativity, but you really can update something old and outdated on a budget.

Thanks for stopping by. Let me know what you think of our new kitchen.


p.s. The new appliances were purchased courtesy of our insurance after our house was hit by a big bolt of lightening.  Sometimes good things do come out of bad circumstances!



27 thoughts on “Budget Friendly Modern Farmhouse Kitchen Update

  1. Awesome makeover! It’s unbelievable how much difference it makes to paint all the cabinetry. It lightens up the whole space and makes it so much more spacious.

  2. Nice job!! Some great, inspiring ideas here! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party!

  3. Your kitchen has almost the same layout as mine except my island goes the other direction! And my kitchen was done in all dark colors like yours. We just redid our counter tops last summer! I love the way you got rid of the step-up bar – wish we had thought of that! Now I just have to get rid of my dark cabinets. Thanks for the post on how to do that!

    1. glad you enjoyed my post! Painting the cabinets transformed the whole look of the kitchen and I’m so happy I did it. Good luck with yours.

  4. I love your kitchen, is gorgeous, so clean and light looking, the granite is incredible. Have to admit to certain degree of envy, ok, alot of envy. Looks so open, great idea having that peninsula cut down, gives more room. Sure do have lots of cabinets, lucky girl. Amazing ho we manage to fill them isn’t it?
    We have single wide mfg.. home which I don’t like kitchen at all. Talk about lots of brown, vinyl covered cabinets, ugh. And awful cheapy counter tops, really ugh. Previous owner was very hard on kitchen and not clean person at all. So am sure you can understand why your new kitchen would be source of envy, lol. Keep hoping someday to get new counter tops, before I croak that is, no youngster here.
    Enjoy your new kitchen, it is wonderful.

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words, they mean a lot. So believe it or not, If I could design my own kitchen, it would have about half this much counter space, and half the cabinets. I never thought I would say this but it’s A LOT to clean and we don’t use half the cabinets. I guess it’s nice to have them, but I’m more of a function person (If you don’t need it, get rid of it). We always want what we don’t have right!

  5. Your kitchen came out beautifully! We are in the middle of DIYing our entire house. (We may have bit off more than we can chew), and I am looking for all the design ideas I can find πŸ™‚

  6. Your kitchen looks great! I recently painted my cabinets white and would love to find an inexpensive granite. Thanks for sharing at Creative Corner!

    1. Thanks Lauren! FYI I’m getting ready to do a faux granite blog post with a new product I’m super excited about. Check back in a couple weeks and check it out! It’s cheap and looks sooooo real.

  7. Gorgeous! I love it. So much brighter. My kitchen was all orange-y brown. Bead board style paneling, plain cabinets, counters that are supposed to look like wood. Awful. I painted the cabinets white and spray painted the black hardware silver. The walls and backsplash are now blue. Counters are the same. It’s just a temporary fix until we can afford a full reno. Yours has given me inspiration. πŸ™‚ #HappyNow

    1. thanks Angela. FYI I’m getting ready to do a faux granite blog post with a new product I’m super excited about. Check back in a couple weeks and check it out! It’s cheap and looks sooooo real.

  8. Your house was hit by lightning?!? How scary, but new appliances are a good reward! Your update is beautiful. We did a complete kitchen and dining renovation in 2015, and could have saved so much money if we could have painted our cabinets. Yours look so professional, and you avoided so much dust and mess! Well done πŸ™‚

  9. Fantastic job. My other half is having a hard time with painting our cabinets. Your post is going to help show him what can be accomplished. Love your makeover. Pinning

    1. Good luck! My other half wasn’t on board at first either LOL, but he’s super happy with it now.

  10. I love the new granite countertops Lindsey! I had a good laugh when you said you couldn’t tell the difference between the grades of granite (totally something I would be thinking too). I also love the contrast of the dark handles against the light cabinets πŸ™‚ xx

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